Tony Oursler was born in New York in 1957. He completed a BA in fine arts at the California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, California in 1979. His art covers a range of mediums working with video, sculpture, installation, performance and painting, and he has been known as a pioneering figure in new media since the 1970s. Always rooted in film and applying humour and irony to his works, Oursler creates immersive experiences using both ancient and modern technologies, and explores technology’s effects on the human mind.
Oursler’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions, including the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Documenta VIII, IX (Kassel), Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), Skulptur Projekte (Münster), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington) and the Tate (Liverpool). The artist currently lives and works in New York City.